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Zuma asks church leaders to pray for Parliament

President Jacob Zuma says Parliament, a house established to be the voice of the people of South Africa, has lost its moral high ground.

Church leaders praying for President Jacob Zuma, centre, at the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission in Everton. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appealed to church leaders to pray for Parliament, suggesting parliamentarians have lost moral authority.

Zuma was speaking at a church service in Evaton to mark Women’s Month.

His comments come just days after African National Congress (ANC) MPs defeated an opposition-led motion of no confidence in the president.

Unlike previous attempts to unseat Zuma, Tuesday’s motion was narrowly defeated.

President Zuma says Parliament, a house established to be the voice of the people of South Africa, has lost its moral high ground.

A tired looking president told congregants at the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission that what is happening in the National Assembly is a bad representation of the country.

He says churches must pray for Parliament even suggesting a prayer service be held in the National Assembly.

Zuma received a warm welcome with congregants breaking out in a song when he took to the podium and when he concluded his address.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)